Sew a Trick Wallet

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  • 01 of 06

    Prepare Materials

    Trick Wallet working it's magic.
    Trick Wallet. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    What is a trick wallet? See how a Trick Wallet Works. Giving someone money is always a welcomed gift and the trick wallet will last a lot longer than the cash!

    Materials

    • Fabric - two different prints, two of each approximately 7"x3 1/2"
    • Stiff Interfacing such as Timtex or a comparable product. (Two scraps 6 1/2"x3")
    • Complimentary thread
    • Fusible Web
    • A sewing machine with adjustable zigzag possibilities
    • Approximately 15" of 1/4" wide ribbon

    Construction

    1. Cut two piece of the stiff interfacing 6...MORE 1/2"x3"
    2. Cut two of each fabric 7"x3 1/2"
    3. Apply fusible web to the wrong side of each piece of fabric.
    4. Create a sandwich of the two fabrics with the interfacing in the middle.
    5. Press the interfacing into the fabric sandwich.
    6. Trim the fabric to the edges of the interfacing.
    7. Gently round off the corners by trimming away the sharp corner.
    8. Cut two pieces of ribbon 3 1/2" long
    9. Cut two pieces of ribbon 4 3/4" long.
    Continue to 2 of 6 below.
  • 02 of 06

    Ribbon Placement

    Ribbon Placement
    Ribbon Placement. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Using photo A as a guide, Place the 3 1/2" pieces across the fabric, 1" from the end.
    • Place the 4 3/4" pieces of ribbon 1 1/2" from the end, crossing them in an X as shown in the photo. Trim the longer ribbon ends to make the angle.
    • Pin the horizontal ribbons on the inside edge as shown in the photo.
    Continue to 3 of 6 below.
  • 03 of 06

    Pin & Tack the Ribbon

    Pin & Tack the Ribbon
    Pin & Tack the Ribbon. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Pin the ribbon at the spots shown by the blue dots in photo B.
    • Tack the ribbons at the pinned spots, along with the edge of the fabric.
    Continue to 4 of 6 below.
  • 04 of 06

    Start the Satin Stitching

    Stage One of Satin Stitching
    Stage One of Satin Stitching. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Set up your sewing machine for satin stitching and test the stitching on similar scraps.
    • Starting on the short edge of the fabric, approximately an inch before the corner, satin stitch the edges that have the ribbon tacked to them, leaving the ribbon extended as shown in photo C and stopping on the opposite short edge.
    Continue to 5 of 6 below.
  • 05 of 06

    Finish Attaching the Ribbon

    Finish Attaching the Ribbons
    Finish Attaching the Ribbons. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Place the satin stitched edges 1/4" apart and place the ribbons as shown in photo D. Tack the ribbons at the edge of the fabric, as shown by the blue dots in photo D.

    Continue to 6 of 6 below.
  • 06 of 06

    Finishing the Satin Stitching

    Finishing the Satin Stitching
    Finishing the Satin Stitching. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Satin Stitch the remaining edges.
    • Trim all threads.

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